West End: Trimmingham in The Go-Between; The Producers original London cast; Phantom of the Opera; Snoopy! UK Regional Freddy Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady (NT/Cameron Mackintosh),Twelfth Night, By Jeeves, Don Giovanni, Over My Shoulder. Europe: Magaldi in Evita. US Tour: Captain Hook in Peter Pan 360. Film: Brideshead Revisited, Bright Young Things. Twitter: @carlilestephen Instagram: @carlile1
Is excited to rejoin The Broadway Company of The Lion King after traveling with The National Tour, during which time he had the honor of performing at The White House. NYC/Regional: Ataria, Cutman, G word, Miss Saigon, Songs For A New World, Godspell, A Chorus Line, Film and Television: “The Electric Company” (Leo Watson), “Last of The Ninth” (HBO Pilot), Made For Each Other, Expiration Date, Game Over. Always for Granny and Boogie. Twitter/Instagram @lsteventaylor
Tshidi toured Europe and Japan with M. Bongeni Ngema in the hit musical Sarafina. Other stage credits: Rafiki in the Broadway and Toronto productions of The Lion King, Daughter of Nebo by Hillary Bletcher, Mfowethu by Gibson Kente, The Stick by Aubrey Sekhabi. Honored to have performed with legendary artists such as Paul Simon, David Byrne, Hugh Masekela, Jabu Khanyile, Vusi Mahlasela. Album: Sisters of Joy. Thank you God.
Cameron rejoins the Broadway company having previously performed in the London and First National Touring productions of The Lion King. Off-Broadway: The 39 Steps (Union Square Theatre), Accidentally Like A Martyr (Other Side Productions), Comedy of Errors, King Lear, The Iliad-Book One (Aquila Theatre Company). Regional/Touring: Henry V, Julius Caesar, Art, The Tempest, The Wrath of Achilles, Oedipus. TV: “The Good Fight,” “Blindspot,” “The Blacklist,” “Person of Interest,” “Falling Water,” “Deception,” “Pan Am,” “Basile” (Pilot), “OM-City” (Web Series – 2016 Tribeca Film Festival). Film: Henry, The Dead Part of You, The Tramps New World. Instagram: @cameronpow
Ben is pumped to be making his Broadway debut! Ben holds an MFA (Acting) from Rutgers University, where credits included Antigone, Romeo and Juliet, In the Sawtooths and more. His BFA (Acting/Musical Theatre) is from Abilene Christian University, where credits included Jane Eyre and Seussical. TV: “The Good Wife,” “Louie.” Endless thanks to God, his incomparable wife and the family.
Broadway: The Lion King. Off-Broadway: The Normal Heart, Shockheaded Peter, Bury the Dead, Room Service, The Vocal Lords. Regional: NSMT, Paper Mill, Geva, New Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse. Tours: The Buddy Holly Story, White Christmas. Film/TV: Putzel, Twelve Thirty, A Very Special Episode, “New Amsterdam,” “Forever,” “Smash,” “L&O,” “L&O: CI,” “Daily Pops,” “All My Children.” Directing: Trans Am (Keegan Theatre). Podcasts: Opening Weekend. Award-winning narrator of over 300 audio books. Love to Kate, Benjamin and Isabella! For Mom and Dad.
Brandon is humbled to make his Broadway debut! Proud native of Birmingham, AL. Alabama State University alumnus. Brandon is grateful to God, his wife, Denika and two daughters, Bréa and Briley. Without them, he has no purpose. Much love and thanks to his mom, sister, family, supporters and The Lion King family! In memoriam: Pastor Linda Whitt. Instagram @_bam.i.am_
From Durban South Africa, Pearl performed in The Lion King Madrid (2016-2018). She also toured with the KZN Youth Choir (2012-2015) competing in Poland and Italy where she won best female soloist in the Florence International Choir Festival (2013).
James Brown-Orleans originated the role of Banzai on The Lion King Gazelle Tour and is thrilled to be part of the Broadway company. James can be seen as Doc Motors in Disney’s The Princess Diaries. He is also the founder of Protected by Imagination Inc. “media to inspire.” Check out his website to find out more about his passion to empower.
A native of Montgomery, AL. Bonita is a proud graduate of Alabama State University and Brandeis University (MFA). She is overjoyed and grateful to be a part of this talented cast. Credits: NYC/ Regional: Mandela the Musical (staged reading), The Color Purple (workshop), Guys and Dolls, The Piano Lesson, The Old Settler and In the Blood. TV: “The Knick” (HBO). Bonita is a voiceover artist and can be heard on film, podcasts, commercials and animated series. Many Thanks to God, my family, Dr. Tommie (Tonea) Stewart, My husband Neil Caesar and our lovely children Nia and Noah.
Robb is overjoyed to return to The Lion King, having previously appeared in the 1st National, North American and Las Vegas companies. Broadway: Wicked (Boq), Shrek (Pinocchio). Off-Broadway: Happiness (Lincoln Center), Enter Laughing (cast recording), Disaster!, Zanna, Don’t! (cast recording), Johnny Guitar (cast recording). Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Goodspeed, The MUNY, Music Theatre Wichita, Syracuse Stage, Barrington Stage Company, Bristol Riverside, ACT of CT, Ogunquit Playhouse. Other: Saturday Night Fever (1st National Tour). Robb holds a BFA from Syracuse University.
This PA native is thrilled to be making his Broadway debut! Regional: Ragtime (Arden Theatre), Rachel (Quintessence Theatre), The Snowy Day (Arden Theatre). TV: “FBI: Most Wanted,” “The Last O.G.” Donovan is grateful for his amazing family and his agents Mallory and David (CESD). Love to Grandmom Pearl. IG: dlbaze_theactorofficial
is thrilled to make her Broadway Debut in The Lion King! Previous credits include Little Girl/ Young Ti Moune on the First National Tour of Once on This Island. Mari would like to thank those who have supported her on this amazing journey! Love and gratitude to my Mom, Dad, family, friends, mentors and Stewart Talent for their support. IG: Mariama.NYC
was born and raised in NYC, making her Broadway debut as young Nala in The Lion King is truly an honor, the dream come true! She thanks her family, especially mommy, Lisa Calli, Jason Bercy, Alex-Renèe Davies, Laura Mehl, Janine Molinari, Jennifer Johns and crew at BAA, friends, and PS6!
is thrilled to be joining the Pridelands. It is a dream come true. Broadway: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Young Craig), Caroline or Change (Joe Thibedeaux). TV: “Puppy Dog Pals” (voice of Darius). Love to GOD, my manager, Lisa Calli, agent Barry Kolker and my wonderful family for their support. IG @jaytheo_11
Overjoyed to be making his Broadway debut! Regional: Ragtime, Big River, Beauty and the Beast. Thank God for blessing me with this opportunity and to all my friends and family who’ve supported me along the way. IG: King_Ezekiela #invictus
Off-Broadway: This Ain’t No Disco (ATC), Spamilton (Swing/ Dance Captain). Regional: Pittsburgh CLO; Aida, South Pacific. Cameron thanks his “Wonder Woman” (mom) and everyone at The Mine. Go Blue! IG: i.amandus
Regional premiere of Kander & Ebb’s Scottsboro Boys. THE LION KING Las Vegas. Nat’l tours: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. New York: Showboat (Carnegie Hall), Godspell (workshop), Disney’s High School Musical 2, Respect (NYSAF); TV: CBS “My Broadway Debut.” University of Michigan.
India is excited to be making her Broadway debut! Graduate: Ailey/Fordham BFA. Experience: NBA Brooklyn Nets, Elisa Monte and Balance Dance Theatre. Television: ABC’s “GMA” and PIX 11 News. Film: The Other Woman (Dir. Nick Cassavettes). Much love and thanks to my family and friends.
MICHELLE BRUGAL (Ensemble). Originally from Miami, FL, Michelle holds a BFA in dance from Fordham University and The Ailey School. She has more than 15 years of professional experience as a performer and teacher. Her credits range from Broadway to television, as well as performances alongside world renowned artists. Follow her @brugalbodymoves
Producer/casting/creative Director: Dreamgirls on Clubhouse, featured on CNN. Chita Rivera Award winner. Broadway/theatre: King Kong, The Lion King North American Tour, Cirque Du Soleil. Film: Passing. TV: “Smash” with Jennifer Hudson (NBC), “So You Think You Can Dance” (FOX), Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade (NBC). Commercial: Gap, Stella Artois, Miracle-Gro, Disney’s Feel Alive. Follow: @LeroyChurch
Lindiwe Dlamini, an original cast member, has appeared in Sarafina! (Broadway and national tour). Performances: Radio City Music Hall, Pocahontas in Central Park, Grover Washington, “Arsenio,” “David Letterman,” “Jay Leno,” 1998 Tony Awards® and Essence Awards.
Born in Durban, South Africa. Original cast member of Sarafina (Broadway and national tour), original cast member of The Lion King (Broadway and national tour), original cast of Riverdance (Broadway), Generations (off-Broadway). Television appearances: The Tony® Awards, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” “The Oprah Winfrey Show” (with Diana Ross), “Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Jay Leno Show,” and the Essence Awards. She has performed at Radio City as well as Carnegie Hall with David Matthews and Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
Zinhle was born in Durban South Africa. She has worked with many South African artists. In 2010 she won pop stars South Africa formed a group called Nne-vida. In 2013 she joined The Lion King UK tour. In 2016 she joined The Lion King London cast. In 2017 she performed with Elton John at the Evening Standard Awards.
Angelica Edwards is making her Broadway debut. She has danced with Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Kevin Iega Jeff/Deeply Rooted and the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Theatre, and received her BFA from Ohio State University. She thanks God.
Broadway debut! Tours: The Lion King (1st national); Hello, Dolly! Off-B’way: Prelude to the First Day (Emerging Artists). Regional: Privates on Parade (Studio Theatre), Into the Woods (Signature Theatre), Over the River… (Totem Pole Playhouse). Thanks for coming and keeping me employed!
ROSIE LANI FIEDELMAN (Ensemble) hails from Breckenridge, CO. She was in the original Off-Broadway and Broadway company of In The Heights. Other theater credits include Heat-Wave: The Jack Cole Project; ADM21 and Ghost Dancer, as “Rosario”. Film and Television credits include: “Fosse/Verdon” and “Raising Dion.”
Shawn Alynda Fisher (Ensemble). Broadway debut! National Tours: Fela!; The Prom (1st National). Favorite Regional: Chicago, The Music Man (Zaneeta), Anne of Green Gables, Bring it On (world premiere). A Kansas native. Alumna of The Ailey School and Kansas State University. Endless gratitude to Jesus, family and friends! Matthew 5:16
A Bronx native. Paige is graduate of Ailey/Fordham BFA. She is a Princess Grace Award recipient (2016) and Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” (2017). Dance Companies: AileyII, Visceral Dance Chicago and Deeply Rooted. TV/Commercial: Intel, ESPN, Elle Magazine, Empire (FOX). Theatre: West Side Story (Lyric Opera) and The Lion King Rafiki Tour. She is thrilled to be making her Broadway debut in The Lion King. IG: @lovingthispaige. www.paigefraser.net
Broadway debut! Newport News, VA native, Collin, is thrilled to be joining the Pridelands! Regional: Memphis (NCT). TV/Film: American Music Awards (Mariah Carey), Black Nativity. Dance: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Endless thanks to God, family and friends. IG: @collinheyward
Originally from Bowie, MD, Daniel graduated from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A. program and performed extensively across the U.S. and abroad with the Ailey company for ten years. He has worked with Debbie Allen, Donald McKayle, Christopher L. Huggins and Camille A. Brown.
Born in the West Indies, Michael earned a Theatre degree from Penn State University. Broadway: The Lion King. International Tours: Hair. Regional: Once on This Island, Chess. Film and TV: “For the People.”
Broadway: Tarzan, Jumpers. National Tour: The Lion King. Off-Broadway: Fuerza Bruta, De La Guarda. TV: “Law & Order,” “Sex and the City,” “Guiding Light,” “Hawaii Five-O.” Regional: The Wilma, Goodspeed Opera House, Pittsburgh CLO, Great Lakes Theatre Festival. BFA, Carnegie Mellon. Michael starred as Niko Bellic in the video game Grand Theft Auto IV. Love to my wife Angela and our little cubs Max and Eva.
Los Angeles, CA native, Broadway debut! BA: Fordham University. M.S.Ed.: University of Pennsylvania. 2008 Lorna Strassler Award. Glory to God. Thanks to my family and friends for your support. I love you Aaron, Jack Major, Action Major, Shine Major and Christmas. @firstcomeslovetcm
Dancer, choreographer, educator, and two time Lincoln City Fellow. Favorite credits include Aida, Radio City Christmas, Pilobolus Creative Services, CeDeCe (Alcobaça, Portugal), Camille A. Brown & Dancers and Rehearsal Director of Ailey II. Instagram: @luvlicap
Broadway debut! Originally from Japan. Graduated from Joffrey Ballet school. Youngsil has danced with Complexions for five seasons. Off-broadway: Company XIV. 1st National tour of Anastasia musical. Much love to my family, friends and Andrew.
A native of Montreal Canada, is so honored to be a part of this amazing company. She began her journey with the The Lion King Las Vegas company and she’s so thankful and blessed for the amazing opportunity to now be a part of the Broadway company. She would like to thank her family for their support.
Born and raised in Durban, South Africa. Has a profound passion for music. Acclaimed for successfully producing a debut album sung in French, Zulu and Creole. Ideal: No level of satisfaction.
Nhlanhla is an actor, voice over artist, song writer and singer with 10 years backing vocalist experience. He’s multilingual and performed on numerous international stages. 2013-2014 he was in The Lion King Brazil cast.
Cincinnati, OH native. Dance: Charlotte Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, DCDC. Broadway: The Lion King, original cast of The Lion King Las Vegas. Regional: Oklahoma! (Dream Jud). TV: The Emmy Awards, “Dancing with the Stars.” Instagram/Twitter @Jaysinmc
Ray Mercer, an Omaha, NE, native, comes directly from The Lion King Cheetah tour. Danced with Deeply Rooted/Chicago and George Faison and has toured with Aretha Franklin. Thanks to family and friends for their love and support.
S’bu Ngema, from South Africa, Zululand, is very excited to join The Lion King on tour. Credits: The Lion King (Broadway), Sarafina with M’Bongeni Ngema, I Pintombi with Bertha Egnos. His performances are dedicated to his late mom, mother Sibongile and his 2 beautiful children Owami & Sangiwe. Love always.
Credits: The Lion King (Gazelle and Cheetah companies), Aida (Aida), Rent (Mimi and Joanne cover), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Charlaine), The Wiz (Dorothy), Once on This Island (Andrea), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (national tour).
Vusi Sondiyazi is making his Broadway debut. Credits include ensemble in The Lion King national tour and the Tapei, Taiwan production. Thanks to Mum, my two sisters, my twin brother and friends for their love and support.
Kellen is excited to be reunited with his Lion King Family. Credits: The Lion King (Broadway, Las Vegas, and National Tour), Franco Dragone’s Le Reve, and Cirque Du Soleil’s Viva Elvis. Mahalo to my family and friends for all the love and support!
Broadway/tour: Beautiful: Carole King Musical. Regional: Born For This (Alliance Theatre, Arena Stage), Grease (Serenbe Playhouse), iLLA: A Hip Hop Musical (Eugene O’neil NMTC), Shrek (Springer Opera House). VO artist w/ Nickelodeon. Love to Mom and Dad, the team at DDO and amazing wife, Maggie. Instagram: @yungstiggy
From Belize, Central America, Jamie is excited and grateful to make his Broadway debut. Education: Belhaven University. Professional credits includes: Dallas Black Dance Theatre and Bruce Wood Dance.
SHACURA WADE (Ensemble). St. Louis, Missouri native ~ a dancer turned actor/rapper. Thrilled to make her Broadway debut & inspire! She quotes Marianne Williamson in saying – As we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence actually liberates others.
Marcus Williams(Ensemble). Dallas, TX native making his Broadway debut! He was in the Emmy-Winning cast of The Let Go at the Park Avenue Armory and a previous company member with Phantom of the Opera (World Tour), Ailey II, Philadanco and Fire Shut Up in My Bones (MET Opera and Chicago Lyric Theatre). Williams thanks God, family and friends for helping him get here. IG: Marcus.N.Williams
Ecstatic to make her Broadway debut! Hailing from Chesapeake, Virginia, Sidney is a proud graduate of Governor’s School for the Arts, Elon University ’21 and the LINK program. Many thanks to God, family, friends, CGF, and all who have poured into her life.
Broadway Debut! Off B’way: Black Nativity Now! Tour: Disney On Classic (Tokyo). Regional: In the Heights, The Scottsboro Boys, Jelly’s Last Jam, A Streetcar Named Desire, Les Mis, Tarzan, Hairspray, Ain’t Misbehavin’. Concert: Hairspray with John Waters/BSO. Helen Hayes Award recipient. Gratitude to his Friends, Family and Agent Danny. For Gwen, Always. StephenScottWormley.com
Malcolm is overjoyed to be making his Broadway debut! From Clifton, NJ, he obtained his BFA from NYU in May 2021. Malcolm thanks his parents, brother and his “village.” All glory be to God! John 15:16
Jimmie Lee Smith returns to The Lion King directly from Disney’s Aladdin. Recently Jimmie was also honored to be a part of Kenny Leon’s production of The Mountaintop with Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett. Other Broadway, Pre-Broadway and National touring credits include: Ain’t Too Proud, Mary Poppins, The Little Mermaid, Saturday Night Fever, Jekyll & Hyde, Evita and Jesus Christ Superstar.
Jimmie has also managed political fund raising and corporate entertainment events for President’s Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and for the MLK Memorial in Washington DC to name a select few.
B’way: Rent. Off-B’way: Oedipusat Palm Springs; The Immigrant; Hank Williams: Lost Highway; Love, Janis; Play Yourself; Homebody/Kabul. Tour: It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues. International tour: Biennale-Bonn, Germany; Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, Scotland; deSingel Theatre, Antwerp. For Jack and Anna always.
National Tours: The Lion King (since 2004), Bring in ’da Noise…., Cinderella; Jekyll & Hyde; Annie 20th Anniversary Tour. Broadway: DamnYankees!, Arcadia, The Red Shoes, A Christmas Carol, Annie (ACM), Jekyll & Hyde (ACM), Off-Broadway: Cowgirls. Proud member of AEA & IATSE. Love to Molly & Rebecca.
B’way: The Color Purple, Curtains. Off-B’way: Five Course Love, The Immigrant , Eyewitness Blues, Golf the Musical, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, Finder’s Fee, Right You Are. Tour: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Anything Goes. Regional: Studio Arena and Little Theatre on the Square.
Broadway: Once On This Island (Revival), An American in Paris, Kinky Boots, In The Heights, Spamalot, The Little Mermaid, Tarzan, Rent, Pacific Overtures, Jesus Christ Superstar (2000). Love you Tony!